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Award-winning theatre brings a smile to the city

Tmesis Theatre visiting ahead of national tour of Happy Hour

Actors Ian Cook, Adam Davies, Eleni Edipidi and Jennifer Essex

A Chester venue is welcoming an award-winning theatre company ahead of its UK and London tour.

Liverpool-based Tmesis Theatre will be bringing a huge smile to the faces of its audiences when it visits Chester on its latest national tour of a show called Happy Hour.

Promoters at the city’s St Mary’s Creative Space are thrilled the physical theatre company will be bringing its latest production to Chester in October ahead of its UK tour and eventually playing in Jacksons Lane in London.

Tmesis is one of the leading physical theatre companies currently in the UK, with an international reputation for innovative and exciting original work.

Happy Hour is a fast-paced comedy exploring 21st century obsession with happiness and success.

Producer Claire Bigley is delighted St Mary’s Creative Space is included in the tour.

She said: “It is wonderful that we can bring our new piece to Chester.

“We have already had a terrific workshop with Theatre in the Quarter ’s young people, and I believe they are already looking forward to seeing the piece.”

She added: “Happy Hour is funny, highly engaging with a mix of characters everyone can relate to, performed by highly-skilled performers and featuring a great selection of music as well as some beautiful original scores from composer Meike Holzmann.”

Quartz Youth Theatre take part in physical theatre workshop with Tmesis performers Ian Cook and Adam Davies

She describes the piece: “The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough? Can we learn to be happy? And can our emotions be bought and sold? The ‘happiness industry’ would have us think so…but come and see our take on this.”

Artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter Matt Baker who is promoting the visit was invited to see the piece in development earlier this year.

He said: “I thought it was brilliant, and knew that Chester audiences of all ages would enjoy it.”

He added: “I thought that it was very witty and incredibly high energy, so I know that Chester audiences will love it.”

He added: “Two of the performers, Ian Cook and Adam Davies, worked with our teenagers and our young people had a fantastic time”

Happy Hour will take place at St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester City Centre on Tuesday, October 11 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available by going online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EHDGIJ or by calling 07494 943606.

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